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Systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis projects

HSL Librarian Liaisons

The Clinical Research  Data Services (CRDS) Librarians perform assistance for comprehensive literature searching projects. Typically the librarians help set up the search strategy, conduct the search in multiple databases and provide the results in a citation management tool like Endnote or in a csv file.

  • If you are a student assigned with a research project, reach out to your HSL School Liaison ( Librarians will help you with learning how to construct a search strategy, select databases, and select a citation manager.
  • If you are looking for assistance with a search for publication, reach out to the liaison librarians ( There may be a fee for performing this search.
  • If you are looking for assistance with a systematic review or scoping search for grant funded work, there is a $42/hour charge to your department. Please use Ask Us for more information.

Contact us to discuss your topic, scope and timeline. 


Range of services, dependent on librarian availability:

  • Advice on formulation of search questions
  • Guidance with systematic review steps and tools
  • Advice on databases/sources selection for specific topics
  • Instruction in database platforms available at UW
  • Instruction in search techniques and methods
  • Consultations on bibliographic citation software (e.g. EndNote) or SR project software to manage and share results
  • Development and documentation of formal, comprehensive strategies for reproducible searches
  • Assistance in translation of strategies for each database platform
  • Writing search methods according to PRISMA or other appropriate guidelines

For more information